Normally I wouldn't read books like this; I watched the film `The Hills Have Eyes' once as well as some of the `Saw' films and found them sickening, however I like a good horror story and the book had good reviews, so I thought I'd give it a go. I wasn't too shocked by it as I sort of knew what to expect, the title is certainly very true to the word and definitely not light reading.
There is no real conventional plot as such; events just pan out as Smith takes the reader for a journey into degradation, violation and depravity. This book is not for the squeamish. It is interesting to see how the victims form their own justifications from their ordeals and how it changes them in different ways.
Smith is a fantastic writer, one of the best I've encountered in a long time during years of reading. In lesser hands this would have been mere sensationalism. There is also a thought-provoking epilogue which could be turned into continuing stories.
I think it definitely jolts the normal mind, leaving disturbing thoughts. Even after I'd finished reading it I felt uncomfortable for having read such corrupt material from start to finish. Having said that, it is a riveting, fast-paced read as well as a road-trip into the psychopathic mind.
I really think I need to escape and seek some recovery by watching a musical, like `Mary Poppins' or `Hello Dolly!'